Hello! Another lovely sunny day here in West Yorkshire, so I thought it would be a good idea to go for a walk. I came across a website the other day which listed walks in the area, one of which was Fewston Reservoir, just off the A59, not far from Harrogate. It said it was a nice, mostly level path all the way around, staying near to the water's edge for most of it, which sounded easy enough. I've driven past it lots of times, but never actually stopped, so I suggested it to CJ and he was game on, so off we went.
It didn't start too well when we got out at what we thought was Fewston, but, after asking a passerby, turned out to be Swinsty, which is another reservoir right next to it (in fact, I believe Fewston 'overflows' into Swinsty). Back in the car and a short drive along the road brought us to the correct car park. The sun was beating down and there was a cool, but not cold, breeze which was very welcoming. We crossed the road from the car park and followed the red waymark arrows down to the path. Incidentally, the reservoir is maintained by Yorkshire Water, and if you visit their website you can find lots more activities that they offer, such as cycle routes, fishing, watersports, wildlife etc. We'd printed off a map and directions, but once we started the walk we didn't need them as the red arrows are clearly marked and it was a very straightforward route.
This was just as we started, looking back towards the dam wall:
and looking the other way:
a bunch of tiny daffodils (don't know if they have a more technical name ;-):
I'm not too sure of the name of this church, I think it might be St Andrew's, and it's at Blubberhouses (what a strange name! Wikipedia says there are several suggestions as to it's origins):
At this end of the reservoir, the peace and tranquility is shattered for a while by the close proximity of the A59:
but as you continue the traffic noise quickly fades away and you're left with the sound of the birds in the trees, and the ducks and geese out on the water:
A bit further on, the path rises up slightly to a great lookout point, with a very welcome bench! We sat here for a few minutes and let the breeze cool us down:
Finally, the home stretch, walking back along the dam wall, towards the overflow in the corner:
According to the Yorkshire Water guide, it's 3.9 miles all the way around, so a decent stretch (for someone like me, who's not used to it!), and we couldn't have asked for a nicer day!